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Does gasoline ruin an air filter?

The carburetor on my 2005 Honda Shadow Aero (VT750C) had a bad leak and flooded the air cleaner assembly with gasoline. The air filter was completely soaked with gas, so I let it air dry. Is my ...
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1answer
66 views

Adjust brakes in 2005 Lexus rx 330 as a DIY?

Can I adjust the brakes? what tools are needed? Is it a big job?
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1answer
388 views

Hyundai Accent 2006 Hard Start Problems When Cold

I am the owner of Hyundai Accent with a diesel engine. After very cold nights, the mornings are a nightmare. The engine starts fine but a light for check up is on most of time on board, and after gear ...
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7answers
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what is the difference between DOT3 and DOT4 brake fluids?

What is the difference between DOT3 and DOT4 brake fluids? What could possibly go wrong if I use a (4 times cheaper) DOT3 brake fluid instead of the DOT4 which manufacturer recommends (but allows ...
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1answer
37 views

How often should Navigation software be updated?

I have a 2005 Lexus rx 330 with navigation system. How often should it be updated and how much does it cost approximately?
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1answer
3k views

What do the numbers in 195/60/R15 mean? [duplicate]

As far as I know, each type or size or whatever of tyres has its own set of numbers which presumably mean something. In the instance of my last car these numbers were 195/60/R15. What do each of ...
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2answers
236 views

How much of a difference will a splitter / diffuser would be on a FWD car?

Out of curiosity, if you can get your hands on a properly engineered splitter, what kind of handling difference would I see? Any recommendations for a splitter that's not just for show? Any effects ...
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1answer
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What are the side effects of using the wrong tires?

Last time I got new tyres I was advised that as they were out of stock of the particular size I was after (195/60/R15) and since they were part used tyres, I should be OK going with a slightly ...
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1answer
1k views

Should you put thicker oil in an older vehicle?

I use 5W30 for my 2007 Toyota Tacoma, which has about 120K mi. Someone told me that I should put 10W30 because the vehicle is "not very new". Is that a good approach? I've never had problems with ...
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1answer
669 views

Can you start an automatic car whilst in drive?

Is it possible to start an automatic car whilst in drive? If it does start in drive, is this considered dangerous?
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1answer
13k views

Best way to remove rust from brake calipers without removing wheel

I have rang a few garages but none offer to remove rust from brake calipers, a lot of people say it is going to rust around there a bit anyway but I wanted to make them look shiny new for when I give ...
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2answers
548 views

i heard a loud whistling/squeeling noise coming from the front tires of my 2004 subaru outback AWD.

I have never heard this sound before, it made the sound whether i used my brakes or not, it only stopped when i turned right. anyone have any idea what this could be?
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Towing a trailer with a 2006 Honda Civic VXi 1.8 Auto

I will be using a trailer for my Dec. holiday. I have a 2006 Honda Civic VXi 1.8 Auto. What I need questions on: 1) Do drive in the normal D or D3? 2) Pulling a trailer with an automatic, how does ...
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1answer
48 views

Bad vibration in my car

I have a 2004 Pontiac Grand Prix GT. There is a mild vibration in the front end when the suspension is compressed and I'm accelerating. If I let off the accelerator, it all goes away. I've rotated ...
2
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2answers
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How long does coolant last in storage?

I recently needed to top-off the coolant on my car, but only used a part of the gallon-sized 100% antifreeze container that it came in - how long is it worth keeping the rest in my garage for future ...
3
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1answer
52 views

Can a scrape like this be repaired by myself or do I need to take it to a car mechanic?

That clear white line there is a paint scraped on the car. I am a new car owner and I am not sure if I can repair that by myself or I need go find a car mechanic, if I can repair it by myself, what ...
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1answer
392 views

Camry 01 loosing coolant

I've camry 2001 LE, with 149K on it. Recently, I noticed coolant leak from the radiator and replaced the radiator. I still was loosing coolant little bit, so performed coolant pressure test. The upper ...
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3answers
985 views

Why my car is using too much gas?

I have Toyota Corolla 2003. It is using too much gas. What are the possible problems that need to be solved? Is it a problem in intake the manifold or in the exhaust system or something else?
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1answer
81 views

Want to buy Honda Odyssey van [closed]

I live in OC, Ca. My long term goal is to buy a good used Honda Odyssey family van. please let me know how do I do it. I am on a low budget and looking to get good bang for the buck. I have never ...
3
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1answer
279 views

Removing Interior Shine Spray

The Problem I'm buying a used approved vehicle. When I test drove it today, it has been "professionally" valeted and they have used some kind of synthetic spray all over the interior plastics and ...
2
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2answers
610 views

2010 VW Stuck in Park

I have a 2010 VW Jetta Stuck in Park. When I turn it on, press the brake, and press the shifter button it doesn't move. How do I get it out of park? The brake light and dash indicator do toggle (...
6
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1answer
1k views

Sometimes my second gear is rough to engage. What could be wrong?

So I've got an odd problem for a 2004 Toyota Echo. The second gear, sometimes not always, is hard to engage. If I be real gentle, and just put a bit of pressure, it would slip in. I could also be a ...
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4answers
11k views

Replacing oil sump plug washer after every oil change

As the title says, does the oil sump plug washer need to be replaced after every oil change, or can they be reused? Background - my 2005 Daihatsu Copen needs an oil change every 3000 miles. I have ...
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2answers
8k views

New Toyota Camry tire pressure light came on and then off

My new Toyota Camry (LE 2014, just bought with no miles on it) all over the sudden had a "Tire pressure" warning light come on on the dashboard about 1 week after purchase. It stayed on consistently ...
2
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1answer
63 views

Truck: “H” brake button

I've found in different trucks and buses, etc.... An "H" button which, when pressed, activates a braking system. This system is only available when the vehicle is immobilized. Which brakes are ...
2
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2answers
467 views

Golf MK3 battery drains, rapid clicking on start, glow plug light flashes

Does anybody know what would cause the following symptoms? I have a 1996 Golf MK3 diesel (not TDI). I drove the car with no problem three days ago. Today I went to start it, and the battery is ...
4
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2answers
47 views

Ford F-700 starter motor

When starting my '79 Ford F700 bucket truck, the starter motor continues to crank after the engine starts and the key is released. Is the starter bad, the ignition switch faulty, or the solenoid ...
2
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2answers
665 views

Damaged frame on my motorbike

My 10 year old Yamaha Super Tenere 750 has been off the road for a while as when I got it I learned it had had a bad crash which bent the frame. The rest all works, so I plan to take it to a garage to ...
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1answer
76 views

What are the procedures/“tricks” to brake bleeding a Ferrari 575?

What is the procedure/"tricks" to bleed the brakes on a 2002 Ferrari 575?
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1answer
731 views

Honda Pilot 2008 4wd problem

I have a Honda Pilot 2008 and using it to pull a tent trailer. The trailer is 2200Lb and is within specs for the Pilot. This is a variable 4 wheel drive transmision, this means I can change the amount ...
5
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2answers
676 views

Window glass in 2002 Jeep Liberty is stuck in regulator even after clips removed

I am attempting to remove the window glass from my driver-side front door so I can replace the window regulator. I have removed the two metal clips that hold the glass in the lift plate. Now the ...
1
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1answer
2k views

Unable to start engine - unable to unlock ignition key Citroen C3

I have just bought a citroen C3 and much to my horror was unable to turn the key in the ignition this evening. Had to wait about 10 minutes until it finally gave way. Anyone else experienced a ...
3
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2answers
1k views

Difference between “dumping the clutch” and N->D in an auto?

What's the difference between dumping the clutch, and going from N->D at high RPMs with an automatic transmission? Will this cause any damage to the vehicle?
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5answers
707 views

Easily serviceable/maintenance cars

I really want to get a little bit more familiar with whatever is going on under the bonnet, so I thought to buy an old car to conduct my experiments on it. What I had in mind - is trying basic ...
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0answers
14 views

2000 Toyota Camry, check engine light at 164,450 - what does this mean? [duplicate]

I purchased this car used just one year ago, and the check-engine light just came on yesterday. I'm not used to having a Toyota, or even a car - all my previous vehicles, for the past 15 years, have ...
3
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2answers
196 views

Why did replacing the battery eliminate these symptoms?

I have a 2006 Honda Civic SI. It was slow to crank when starting up, and while driving, electrical systems progressively got worse (radio would turn off and on, power steering would stop, and then ...
7
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2answers
257 views

Is any power from the alternator 'free'?

Cars generally (and specifically a Honda Accord 2002) are not very energy-efficient. Given all the inefficiencies, is it "free" to plug in, say, a smartphone into a car to charge while I am driving? ...
5
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2answers
6k views

Oil leak when parked on steep incline

The other day I parked my car, and came back a couple of hours later to see a massive oil puddle under my 1994 Corolla. This was the only time I had ever noticed that much of a leak, and I realized it ...
3
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0answers
50 views

unpowered cigarette lighter

I've installed a remote car starter in Hyundai Elantra. When started remotely with no key in the ignition, the radio is off and cigarette lighter socket is off (it is back-lit though) I would like to ...
2
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1answer
177 views

CRV 2014 mpg issues

We bought a Honda CRV 2014 in January. We are supposed to get 23 mpg but are only seeing 15 mpg. We run it in eco mode and dont drive fast at all. So why are we getting such low mpgs? What can I do?...
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3answers
61 views

Is there a place where we can find out the model numbers of parts used in vehicles

My car is Nissan Sunny N16. Its ODOmeter display is partially burnt (similar to what happens to a digital watch). When I went to the garage, they say I need to replace the whole dashboard meter board ...
2
votes
1answer
539 views

Why is tire sidewall height expressed as percentage of width?

I'm quite familiar with the code used to define tire sizes, but one aspect of the code always confuses me. The second number defines the sidewall height as a percentage of the tire's width. As an ...
1
vote
1answer
75 views

how to take petrol cars at high altitude ( plus 12000 feet)

i have Toyota Surf 3.0 L . i need to visit the places which are plus 4000 meters (15000 feet). do i need to use low octane fuel or do i need to increase the intake of fuel due to high altitude and ...
2
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0answers
142 views

Nuts for 2008 VW Jetta SE 2.5L battery terminal bolts: 1/4" or M6? [closed]

I want to use an external charger to charge the battery in my US-market 2008 Jetta 2.5L SE with an OEM battery. I need to figure out which nuts to get to fit the existing battery terminal bolt, in ...
4
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3answers
696 views

How can I remove Factory Air Conditioning from a 1965 Mopar Big Block

I have a 1965 Mopar 383 Big Block with factory air conditioning. I would like to remove the air conditioning from the engine, including the A/C pump. Unfortunately, the belts for the accessories are ...
2
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1answer
54 views

Thermostat Problem?

The temperature where I live is in the fifties Fahrenheit and it seems like its taking a very long time for the engine to warm up and exit open loop mode. I have a 97 Mazda Lantis 323 and I'm ...
2
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1answer
116 views

Wheel Spokes: fewer thick vs many thin

Are there any advantages between fewer Thick Spokes and many Thin Spokes? Structurally - Weight - Brake Heat/Cooling - Maintenance/Cleaning? Application will be 17x8 +48 for a performance ...
2
votes
2answers
45 views

Could this be the result of bad compression?

I've had a bunch of problems with my truck (2000 Ford Ranger) and I've been hoping to sell it. Most recently, I was driving it and the heater control valve snapped. I drove it home and replaced the ...
5
votes
1answer
6k views

Oil leak - just keep refilling?

I have a 1995 Honda Accord with over 170k miles on it. I have the oil changed regularly every 3000 miles. My mechanic noticed the oil levels were pretty low at each oil change and took a deeper look. ...
3
votes
1answer
628 views

Loose crankshaft bolt. Cause?

I usually service my Mitsubishi L200 Sportero 4x4 5FWD Diesel at Mechanic A, but I had not for several months. Needing a service, I tried another mechanic, Mechanic B, who did the usual 'tune-up'. Two ...

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